The spine comprises 26 individual bones divided into five major groups; the thoracic vertebrae are the twelve vertebrae that attach to the ribs. The potential for serious long-term injury or death with any spinal cord injury is great, so immediate medical care is vital. The costs associated with long-term treatment of spinal cord injury are also very high, so it is also vital to speak with a spinal injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss legal options.
Car accidents are the cause of nearly 40% of spinal cord injuries, with violent incidents such as assault accounting for about 25%. Other significant causes of spinal injury include work-related accidents, falls, and sports injuries. Most spinal cord injuries are the result of a high impact trauma, and the spinal cord swells and presses against the vertebrae through which it runs, cutting off neural pathways and blood supply. Immediate emergency medical attention is crucial, because the severity of the long-term effects of the injury may depend on the amount of time it takes to begin treatment.
The thoracic vertebrae are numbered in order T1 through T12, with T1 just below the neck. Paraplegia, as well as loss of motor function and sensation in the legs and feet are common results of thoracic spinal cord injury. The lower the injury, the more likely it is that the patient will retain some sensation and some motor function, particularly in the area of the hips and trunk. These injuries can also affect the function of reproductive organs.
It is very difficult to predict the actual effects of any spinal cord injury. Many victims of thoracic spinal cord injury will spend the rest of their lives in wheel chairs. Even for patients who retain motor function and sensation in the lower body, there may be lost strength and chronic pain. The need for long-term physical therapy is very common. Between lost wages, and medical bills that may exceed your insurance policy’s lifetime limit, spinal cord injuries can end up costing a great deal of money.
Immediate emergency medical care is vital in the case of any spine injury. After basic safety has been assured, there are many complicated issues to deal with for which you need to speak with an experienced spinal injury attorney. The experienced spinal cord injury attorneys at the Law Firm of Fuicelli and Lee are dedicated to helping accident victims get their lives back on track. They can negotiate with your insurance company and help you file worker’s compensation or disability claims. Fuicelli and Lee, PC will evaluate whether there has been negligence in your case and, if appropriate, file legal action against the responsible party. They have committed themselves to helping people who have been injured in accidents; for more information, and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact Fuicelli and Lee, PC at (303) 355-7202.
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